Virginia fifth-year senior Matt Snyder broke a bone in his left foot while running a route in practice Tuesday and will miss “the next several weeks,” Coach Mike London said in a teleconference Thursday.
Snyder, the team’s third-leading receiver, will undergo an outpatient procedure Friday to insert a screw into the injured foot. London said he was unsure whether Snyder would be able to attend the Cavaliers’ home game Saturday against North Carolina State (3-3, 0-2 ACC).
“I can’t even begin to tell you how upset we are for the young man that something like this has occurred to him,” London said of Snyder. “Obviously, he’s devastated, as you can imagine.
“But the type of guy that Matt is, even with all this, he’s trying to find a silver lining that, ‘Hey Coach, now I can get the young receivers coached up and things like that.’ I don’t know how long he’s going to be out. Six, eight weeks. Who knows? I know they’re putting a screw in his left foot and he’s going to have surgery tomorrow.”
Snyder has started five games for Virginia (4-2, 1-1) this season, tallying 19 receptions for 220 yards. Last season – Snyder’s first as a major contributor on offense – he finished with 30 receptions for 393 yards. Snyder joined the team as a walk-on in 2007.
With Snyder out, it is likely redshirt sophomore Tim Smith will start Saturday opposite fifth-year senior Kris Burd. Freshmen Darius Jennings and Dominique Terrell, as well as senior Ray Keys and redshirt freshman Miles Gooch are “definitely going to have to step up their roles in the offense and try to find some additional firepower, try to find guys that can make plays,” London said.
Jennings has recorded eight receptions for 112 yards this season, while Terrell has caught four passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Keys has tallied two receptions for 22 yards. Gooch has not caught a pass this fall.
London said Thursday that redshirt freshman wide receiver E.J. Scott has dealt with throat problems for “the last week or so” and that Scott would not be available to play Saturday.
However, contrary to an injury report the team issued Monday, London said Scott is not necessarily out for the remainder of the season.
“I don’t remember saying out for the season,” London said. “I know he’s got some throat issues that’s going to require a medical procedure. But I don’t recall talking to our people to say if he was out for the rest of the season, so we’ll see.”
On Monday, the team issued an injury report that “is compiled by the University of Virginia Sports Medicine staff under the direction of Dr. David Diduch” and stated that “the following Virginia student-athletes will not participate for the remainder of the 2011 season due to injury.” The report then listed freshman long snapper Charlie Richards, who is out with a shoulder injury, and Scott, who had what the report described as a “medical” issue.
In an e-mail sent after London’s comments Thursday, a team spokesman said it was possible Scott could return this season, but “definitely not back anytime in the near future.”